Published on : Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Today’s generation of immigrants often embark on journeys from where there might be no return to their native land. Over the past decade, Irish parents have seen their sons and daughters leave the country, often going to places that are ironically hot and cool at the same time.
Up and down the country, from Donegal to Kerry, there are innumerable examples of this, and often such stories go untold.
But often many such immigrants return home. One such example of this comes in the case of Castlebar man Fergus Walsh. Born and reared in Breaffy, Fergus left Ireland in 2003 for South Korea, a place with many differences, but still having a lot of similarities with Ireland as well. Koreans have a strong sense of community, love the outdoor life, and are sociable people.
Walsh found a natural affinity with this most Irish of Asian countries. Starting off as an English language teacher, he progressed to a lucrative career working for an international sales company, and spent a decade far away from home. He, however, returned to his homeland later.